Mystery over strange alien-like creature found on popular beach is SOLVED
- An ‘alien-like’ creature on the Sunshine Coast has been identified as a possum
- Pastor Alex Tan, 28, found the odd animal on Cotton Tree Beach earlier this week
- Said creature is a possum and offered a parmi to anyone that proved him wrong
A scientist has finally identified the ‘alien-like’ creature found on a popular beach as a brushtail possum.
Pastor Alex Tan, 28, made the creepy discovery earlier this week while walking along Cotton Tree Beach on the Sunshine Coast.
Mr Tan shared the odd animal to social media, sayingnd said: ‘I’m still guessing it’s a possum – my bet of a chicken parmi for any expert that can prove me wrong still stands’.
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Alex Tan, 28, found an alien-like creature he believed to be a possum earlier this week while out on a walk along Cotton Tree Beach on the Sunshine Coast
However, University of Queensland associate professor Stephen Johnston agreed with Mr Tan.
‘After consultation with my colleague Heather Janetzki from the Queensland Museum we are pretty sure that it is a swollen, waterlogged brushtail possum who has lost its fur,’ he told the Courier Mail.
‘The skull and hindlimb give the clues. The animal was probably washed down into the ocean during the floods.’
University of Queensland associate professor Stephen Johnston agreed with Mr Tan and identified the odd critter was a common brushtail possum
Mr Tan joked with his Instagram followers about going ‘conspiracy crazy’ after claiming he would buy a parmi for anyone who proved the animal wasn’t a possum
Unfortunately his agreement with Mr Tan means Professor Johnston will not be awarded a chicken parmigiana.
The brushtail possum is very common throughout Australia but is mostly found along the east coast.
The possum is also found in New Zealand and gained fame in Sydney for becoming so well adapted to urban living that it will approach people.
It is a nocturnal animal whose diet is made up of leaves, blossoms and fruit.
The brushtail possum is very common throughout Australia but is mostly found across the east coast, including Sydney where it has become famous for approaching people
The find comes just a month after another baffled beach-goer discovered another ‘alien’.
A northern Sydney woman uploaded a photo to Facebook of a strange brain-like animal.
‘Hey anyone know what this is? Washed up at Warriewood Beach this morning? Approximately 15cm x 10cm,’ she captioned the photo.
While some commenters were busy having a giggle over the creature’s resemblance to a kidney or baked beans, wildlife experts shared their identification thoughts.
A northern Sydney woman uploaded a photo to Facebook of a strange brain-like animal last month
One commenter was able to identify the blob as a ‘wandering sea anemone’ also known as a ‘swimming anemone’ or ‘brain anemone’ which is common in Sydney rock pools
One commenter was able to identify the blob as a ‘wandering sea anemone’ also known as a ‘swimming anemone’ or ‘brain anemone’.
The strange-looking creature is the largest of the anemone family and usually attaches itself to rocks and algae but is known to go adventuring.
The wandering sea anemone is commonly seen in rock pools around Sydney.
It can be red, yellow, orange, blue or even striped and is an agile predator when compared to other species.
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